Published On: Fri, Jan 18th, 2013

BP says hundreds evacuated from Algeria

A Statoil picture released on  January 17, 2013 of In Amenas gas plant.  By Kjetil Alsvik (Statoil/AFP)

A Statoil picture released on January 17, 2013 of In Amenas gas plant. By Kjetil Alsvik (Statoil/AFP)






LONDON (AFP) – British energy giant BP said Friday that hundreds of workers including 11 of its own staff have been evacuated from Algeria after dozens of foreigners were taken hostage at its In Amenas gas plant.

“Three flights left Algeria yesterday, carrying a total of 11 BP employees alongside several hundred staff from other companies,” the firm said in a statement, adding that the workers had been based at several Algerian sites including In Amenas.